Twin Cities metro under nighttime curfew; teams postpone games

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Updated: April 12, 2021 05:20 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 03:58 PM

Much of the Twin Cities metro area will be under a curfew on Monday night in the wake of the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting.

Daunte Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Sunday. The death prompted protests on Sunday, some of which turned violent.

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The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, and Dakota counties. State officials said there will be an increased presence of the Minnesota National Guard and other law enforcement.

"I'm optimistic that, with the officers we have present and the calls for peace that we are making, that even if we do have protests tonight, they will be lawful and they will be peaceful. That is my hope," Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said in a statement posted to Twitter.

Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke said around 100 Minnesota National Guard members were deployed to help in Brooklyn Center Sunday night. As of Monday morning, about 500 guard members were activated under Operation Safety Net. That was expected to be over 1,000 by Monday night.

A vigil that had been scheduled for Monday evening was moved up to 6:00 to comply with the curfew.

Gov. Tim Walz called for people to protest peacefully, but said they must leave before the curfew starts.

“We will not allow anyone to exploit this tragedy. If you try to use this tragedy to harm our communities, you will be arrested. By helping distinguish peaceful protestors from those who wish to perpetuate violence, this curfew is a preventative step to keep our cities safe tonight," Walz said in a news release.

Walz also signed an executive order declaring a peacetime emergency in the seven-county metro area which orders state agencies to assist local governments in their response and recovery.

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The Minnesota Twins, Wild, and Timberwolves all postponed games that had been scheduled for Monday.

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